It's a shame everyone still thinks of their commute in terms of time and not of "quality." My commute by TTC takes FOREVER (OK, just under 2 hours) but in that time I get to read, listen to music and enjoy my coffee. My commute by bicycle is just over an hour, and I'm getting a great cardio workout to start my day (when I'm not choking on exhaust fumes). By car, my commute was 35 miserable, stressful, expensive minutes... I'll take the extra time to enjoy the beginning of my day, thank you!
- What Would It Take To Get You Out Of Your Car
2009/09/22 | CityNews.ca Staff
What would it take to get you out of your car?
If you’re reading this at work or at school, it’s probably too late to think about – but Tuesday marked international Car-Free Day.
Toronto is among hundreds of cities in Canada and around the world celebrating the pollution-busting event.
But it doesn’t work for everyone.
On Breakfast Television, one woman revealed that her commute was 15 minutes by car – and a full hour if she took the TTC.
But others had a much different experience. Jesse Hollington wrote on Twitter, “I sold my car three years ago and haven't looked back. I use Autoshare for rare times I really need a car, but otherwise TTC.”
Car-Free Day began in Europe in 1999 and Toronto was the first North American city to join in 2001.
The initiative has highlighted an ongoing problem in the city: there aren't enough bike lanes and yet some of the existing ones are underused.
Eastern Avenue is one such corridor. At the height of rush hour, it's nearly empty.
"This bike lane is the stupidest thing I've ever seen," noted motorist Garfield Richards.
"I bike and I would never bike on this street."
But on College Street, it's just the opposite: cyclists whiz by alongside cars.
"It's really good because it's a heavily-trafficked area so it's a great way to get to work," praised one cyclist.